Talks Underway To Address Flooding

Thursday, November 1st 2007, 8:46 pm
By: News On 6

Two plans are being discussed to prevent flooding that has plagued some Broken Arrow neighborhoods. Heavy rainfall led to flooding of dozens of homes in the Glen Eagles and Steeplechase Farms neighborhoods in the spring of 2006. News On 6 anchor Craig Day reports those neighborhoods were built under county flood control guidelines, and later annexed by the City of Broken Arrow.

Since then, Broken Arrow has been working to figure out a way to prevent the problems. The neighborhoods were annexed by the city, but the drainage systems were built under Wagoner County guidelines, not Broken Arrow's. The city has come up with two options to address the problems. But, both would have residents in the neighborhoods paying for improvements with higher taxes over the next ten years.

"We made these improvements with the ponds out there to try to alleviate some of the problems and at that point we could have said there you go, good luck. But, our engineers want to be straight with the folks out there and say there's more to be done,” said Keith Sterling with the City of Broken Arrow.

Still, some aren’t convinced the city has done enough.

"The solution is to fix it and the city pay for it. If they don't, if they vote to go to either one, option A or option B, we will go to court,” said neighborhood association president Larry Perkins.

City leaders will take public input before a final decision is made around the first of the year.

Watch the video: Talks Underway To Pay For Flood Mitigation